College Admissions Info

Brown University, ‘19
BA, Political Science and Government

Profile Overview

Profile contains
  • Test Scores
  • High School Performance
  • Extracurriculars & Awards
  • Personal statement
  • 4 supplemental essays
  • 7 advice topics

Student Background

I am a first generation college student who hopes to encourage many other students to pursue higher education.
From: Rochester
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Legacy: No
Admission: Regular Decision
Applied To: 5 schools
Accepted At: Brown, Cornell, UChicago, Northwestern, Rochester
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Is English First Language: Yes
Other Language(s) Spoken: Vietnamese

Test Scores

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High School Performance

GPA, Weighted
Top 1%
High School Type: Public
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Academic Performance in High School: Steady
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Extracurriculars & Awards

Extracurricular Activities: Local Orchestra / Symphony / Band, Students Against Drunk Driving (Destructive Decisions) (SADD), Academic Decathlon, National Honor Society, Model Congress / Model UN, Math Team
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College Application Essays

Personal Statement: Family background
633 Words
Bzzzzzz. In Bến Thành Market, flies are swarming over the freshly caught fish. Smoke is rising from scrumptious fried egg rolls. Women in straw hats are hollering, “Come get your che and banh! Only five dollars!” My taste buds are salivating over the savory aroma, but I must keep moving. I nudge the people in front of me to locate my parents, and my instincts tell me to look for the che stand. I squint my eyes, and...

Supplemental Essay: “Why us” school essay
200 Words
Rhode Island was built on the ideals of acceptance and religious tolerance - the ideals I want to experience, live, and study for the next four years. In many ways, attending a performing arts high school has allowed me to grow and take risks even when I might have felt uncomfortable. I believe that Brown will allow me to do the same. For example, interdisciplinary education is one that I have experienced through dance, violin, piano, writing, and studies in...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
150 Words
I have lived almost my entire life on Richmond Street with my extended family and this community has become the most meaningful to me for it has shaped me to be who I am today: someone who is dedicated and passionate. My family has taught me how enthusiasm and perseverance can lead to success, despite racism and prejudice. My aunts and uncles' occupations in nail salons and my parents' careers as unskilled workers have illustrated that not only do I...

Supplemental Essay: Diversity statement
148 Words
Education Policy has interested me ever since I witnessed the changes being implemented in the Rochester City School District, one of the worst performing districts in the state of New York due to overall inequality. The problem lies in defining "achievement" with exceptional results on standardized tests; however, I believe that such a definition will not result in equitable schools with effective students and citizens. Instead, we must reimagine school systems in radical ways that focus on expansive and inclusive...

Supplemental Essay: Unique question posed by school
89 Words
The earliest part of my childhood was spent in Montreal, Quebec, the place my family called home after having immigrated from Vietnam. Montreal was the place where we learned about western culture, traditions, and incredibly cold weather. However, without college degrees or the skill sets for most careers, my parents experienced a lot of financial instability and we moved to Rochester, NY to be closer to my mother's family. Since then, Rochester has become my home, fostering my ambition and...

Additional Essay Details:
34 Words
Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

College Admissions Advice

5 adjectives that describe a typical student at my school (Feel free to elaborate!)
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Liberal, welcoming,...

What I’d change about my application process
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Preparing for...

How to increase chances at my school
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Write an...

My advice about getting recommenders
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Approach in the summer and...

List of schools I interviewed with and my interview experience
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I acted like...

Recommended summer activities during high school and college
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Why I ultimately chose my school
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Open curriculum...